Prehistoric winged lizard unearthed in Chile

Chilean scientists have introduced the invention of the first-ever southern hemisphere stays of a sort of Jurassic-era “winged lizard” often called a pterosaur.

Fossils of the reptile, which lived some 160 million years in the past in what’s at this time the Atacama desert, have been unearthed in 2009.

They’ve now been confirmed to be of a rhamphorhynchine pterosaur — the primary such creature to be present in Gondwana, the prehistoric supercontinent that later fashioned the southern hemisphere landmasses.

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Researcher Jhonatan Alarcon of the College of Chile stated the creatures had a wingspan of as much as two meters (six toes), an extended tail and pointed snout.

“We present that the distribution of animals on this group was wider than recognized to this point,” he added.

The invention was additionally “the oldest recognized pterosaur present in Chile,” the scientists reported within the scientific journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

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